Beach bag, swimming goggles
In the Home

Mould and mildew removers: How to use them in your bathroom and kitchen

Mould & Mildew are common in the home but are certainly not welcome! Find out the most effective strategies and products to use to remove mould & mildew here.

Key Steps:

  1. Make sure the room is well ventilated.
  2. Follow the safety precautions for your chosen mould and mildew remover.
  3. Take preventative measures to stop mould from reoccurring.

No one likes getting mould or mildew in their house – not only is it unsightly and smelly, but it also can pose serious health problems for people with mould allergies, lung disease, or immune disorders.

The kitchen and the bathroom are two of the most common places for mould and mildew in the home, as these are the areas where moisture and warm air are most likely to be produced – from activities like boiling your kettle, for example, or having a shower. Thankfully, getting rid of mould and mildew in these areas is relatively easy if you have the right tools. In addition to commercial mould and mildew removers, there are a variety of natural options available.

Using a Commercial Mould and Mildew Remover

 Using commercial mildew and mould cleaning products is often the simplest option, as these sprays require no prior preparation and generally contain bleach as an active ingredient, effectively fighting and eliminating the spores that cause mould. A store-bought spray is therefore a great option for particularly severe areas of mould, or for those rushed for time. After you’ve successfully managed to deal with the problem with your specialised mould remover or mildew remover, it’s a good idea to rinse the area thoroughly, dry, and follow up with a general disinfecting cleaning product to remove any final traces of mould or spray – the Domex Zero Stain range is particularly good for bathrooms.

When using mould and mildew remover sprays, or any other powerful cleaning product, always remember there are a few safety precautions you should bear in mind:

  • Always follow the instructions on the label, and use the product as directed.
  • Wear rubber gloves and old clothes when using a bleach product, as it may stain your clothes or irritate your skin.
  • If you do get any cleaning product on your skin, then immediately rinse with water and seek medical advice if necessary.
  • Keep children out of the affected room until the cleaning job is done.
  • Make sure the area that you are cleaning is well ventilated.
  • Test all products on a small inconspicuous area first to ensure there will be no staining or other adverse effects.

Now that you’re safely protected, you should follow these easy steps to remove mildew and mould:

  1. Place a cloth or towel on the floor below the area that you plan to clean to ensure that the spray doesn’t run down onto your floor.
  2. Spray the areas where mould and mildew are present and wait a couple of minutes for the product to take effect.
  3. Once you see the product starting to disappear, take a cloth, soak it in a bowl of hot water, wring it out and then wipe away the spray. Making sure you don’t have too much water on the cloth, as this can make the paint or wallpaper on your walls bubble.
  4. Alternatively, you might like to use a damp paper towel to wipe away the spray. This is a practical solution as the paper towel can then be thrown away, rather than needing to be rinsed like a cloth.
Mould and mildew removers: How to use them in your bathroom and kitchen

After repeating these steps a couple of times, the mould and mildew should be gone, and then you just need to leave the room to dry, ensuring it’s well ventilated, so moisture can continue to escape.

Using Other Mould & Mildew Removers

An inexpensive and natural alternative to commercial mould and mildew removers is vinegar (preferably white or cleaning vinegar to avoid potential stains), which can be diluted with water. This solution will remove mould and mildew with ease. For areas particularly badly affected with mould, vinegar can even be used undiluted.

Buy an empty spray bottle to fill with the vinegar solution and spray it on as you would a commercial cleaner. Proceed in exactly the same way as described above.

Remember, never mix vinegar and bleach together, as doing so produces a potentially fatal gas.

How to Remove Mildew and Mould from Towels

Mould and mildew thrive on fabrics, and the towels in your bathroom are therefore an obvious target. Again, combating this is relatively simple, and can be done with the aid of your washing machine, a good detergent, and some vinegar. Simply:

  1. Take the affected towels and put them in the washing machine, or hand wash if you don’t have a machine.
  2. Add one or two cups of white vinegar and run the machine at its hottest setting. For this first cycle, don’t add detergent, fabric softener, or any other cleaning products.
  3. Then, wash the towels again at the hottest setting, adding a good quality laundry detergent like Surf excel Liquid Detergent. Surf also has a range of superfine powder detergents that work well if you’re hand washing. Again, do not add fabric softener or other cleaning products.
  4. Once these two washes have been completed, either hang the towels out in the sun, or dry them in a tumble dryer at the highest setting you have.

Preventative Measures to Fight Bathroom Mould and Mildew

 To minimise the risk of the mould or mildew reoccurring in your kitchen and bathroom, ensure that you:

  • Keep these rooms well ventilated, opening doors and windows often.
  • Clean surfaces regularly to prevent mould from growing.
  • Make sure that you hang wet towels after use, to ensure that the moisture escapes as quickly as possible.

Top Tip

The tiny spores given off by mould and mildew can be harmful – when attempting to remove either, be sure to cover your mouth with something like a paper dust mask to avoid breathing the spores in.